Dr. Megha Amrith




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Megha Amrith ist seit Januar 2018 Leiterin der Max-Planck-Forschungsgruppe "Ageing in a Time of Mobility" am MPI-MMG. Zu ihren Forschungsschwerpunkten gehört die Arbeit von Migrant*innen, Pflege, Altern, Ungleichheiten, Zugehörigkeit und Staatsbürgerschaft, mit besonderem Fokus auf Südostasien, aber auch unter Rückgriff auf vergleichende ethnographische Perspektiven. Sie ist Autorin der Monographie "Caring for Strangers: Filipino Medical Workers in Asia" (NIAS Press, 2017), Mitherausgeberin des Bandes "Gender, Work and Migration" (mit Sahraoui, Routledge, 2018) und hat ihre Arbeit in Zeitschriften wie Global Networks, Ethnos, Citizenship Studies und Urban Studies veröffentlicht. Megha Amrith promovierte im Rahmen eines Gates-Cambridge-Stipendiums in Sozialanthropologie an der University of Cambridge. Bevor sie zum MPI-MMG kam, hatte sie ein Postdoktoranden-Stipendium am Centre for Metropolitan Studies an der Universität von São Paulo (2012-2013) und ein Forschungsstipendium am United Nations University Institute for Globalization, Culture and Mobility, Barcelona (2014 - 2017).




Sakti, V. K., & Amrith, M. (Eds.). (2022). Living in the here and now: Extended temporalities of forced migration [Special Issue]. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 43(4). Link

Sampaio, D., & Amrith, M. (Eds.). (2022). Southern reconfigurations of the ageing-migration nexus [Special Issue]. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.


Amrith, M. (2017). Caring for Strangers: Filipino Medical Workers in Asia. Copenhagen: NIAS Press.


Amrith, M., & Sahraoui, N. (Eds.). (2018). Gender, work and migration: Agency in gendered labour settings. London: Routledge. Link


Amrith, M., Neal, Z. P., & Waters, J. L. (2023). Editorial. Global Networks, 23(1), 5-8. Link

Sampaio, D., & Amrith, M. (2022). Editorial introduction: Southern reconfigurations of the ageing-migration nexus. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies: Special issue: Southern reconfigurations of the ageing-migration nexus. Link

Amrith, M. (2022). Fleeting joy, divergent expectations and reconfigured intimacies: The visits home of Filipino migrant care workers in Singapore. Global Networks, 1-15. Link

Sakti, V. K., & Amrith, M. (2022). Introduction: Living in the ‘here and now’: Extended temporalities of forced migration. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 43(4), 457-463. Link

Amrith, M., & Coe, C. (2022). Disposable kin: Shifting registers of belonging in global care economies. American Anthropologist. Link

Amrith, M. (2022). The temporal borders of transnational belonging: Aging migrant domestic workers in Singapore. American Behavioral Scientist. Link

Amrith, M. (2021). Ageing bodies, precarious futures: The (im)mobilities of ‘temporary’ migrant domestic workers over time. Mobilities. doi:10.1080/17450101.2021.1885834.

McKearney, P., & Amrith, M. (2021). Care. Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology. CEA. doi:10.29164/21care.

Amrith, M. (2020). The linear imagination, stalled: changing temporal horizons in migrant journeys. Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs. doi:10.1111/glob.12280. Link

Amrith, M. (2019). The substance of care: Ethical dilemmas in migrant medical labour. Ethnos, 1-17. Link

Amrith, M. (2018). Tentative friendships among low-income migrants in São Paulo’s commercial districts. Urban Studies, 55(3), 522-537. Link

Amrith, M., & Amrith, S. (2016). Migration, Health and Inequality in Asia. Development and Change, 47(4), 840-860.

Amrith, M. (2015). Pathways to Urban Citizenship among Low-Income Migrants in São Paulo. Citizenship Studies, 19(6-7), 649-663.

Amrith, M. (2015). Urban Marginality and the Affective Lives of Migrants. Third Text, 29(6), 459-472. Link

Amrith, M. (2013). Encountering Asia: Narratives of Filipino Medical Workers on Caring for Other Asians. Critical Asian Studies, 45(2), 231-254.

Amrith, M. (2010). 'They Think we are Just Caregivers’: The Ambivalence of Care among Filipino Medical Workers in Singapore. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 11(3/4), 410-427.

Amrith, M., Johnson, J., Martin, D., Murawski, M., & Nelms, T. (2008). Harvesting Failure in the Field: An Ethnographic Apprenticeship in Coping with the Unexpected. Cambridge Anthropology, 28(1), 61-82.

Beiträge in Sammelwerken

Amrith, M. (2022). Migrant eldercare workers in Asia. In S. Irudaya Rajan (Ed.), Handbook of Aging, Health and Public Policy: Perspectives from Asia. Singapore: Springer Singapore. Link

Amrith, M. (2018). Dignity of labour: Activism among Filipina domestic workers in Singapore and Barcelona. In M. Amrith, & N. Sahraoui (Eds.), Gender, work and migration: Agency in gendered labour settings (pp. 65-82). London: Routledge. Link

Amrith, M. (2017). Migration and Urbanization in Contemporary Asia. In F. Caprotti, & L. Yu (Eds.), Sustainable Cities in Asia. London: Routledge.

Amrith, M. (2015). Cities as Lived Spaces. In P. Nair, & T. Bloom (Eds.), Migration Across Boundaries: Linking Research to Practice and Experience. London: Ashgate.


Walton-Roberts, M., Amrith, M., & Sæther, B. (2022). [Review of:] Doctoral thesis review - Anmeldelse av doktoravhandling. Aslaug Gotehus. 2022. Agency and Temporality in Skilled Migration: Decisions, Experiences and Practices of Filipino Nurses in Norway and the Philippines. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift - Norwegian Journal of Geography, 76(3), 192-195. Link

Amrith, M. (2020). Interview: The two Singapores: Rethinking migrant domestic care work in COVID-19. Link

Amrith, M. (2020). Blog post: Enduring indifference and the vital labour of migrant domestic workers, Identities COVID-19 Blog Series. Link

Amrith, M. (2019). Blog post: Guest reading list on ‘Care’, Network of Ethnographic Theory. Link

Amrith, M., & Sampaio, D. (2019). Blog post: Reflections on the ‘Grey is the New Pink: Moments of Ageing’ exhibition. Link

Amrith, M. (2019). Book Review: Domestic Economies: Women, Work, and the American Dream in Los Angeles by Susanna Rosenbaum, Duke University Press. Anthropological Forum, 29(2), 190-192.

Amrith, M. (2018). Ageing in a time of mobility: a research agenda. MMG Working Paper, (18-01). Link

Amrith, M. (2018). Blog post: Ageing Bodies: Retiring from Temporary Lives. Link

Amrith, M. (2018). Blog post: Ageing in a Time of Mobility: An Introduction. Link

Amrith, M. (2017). Podcast: New Books in Southeast Asian Studies: Caring for Strangers: Filipino Medical Workers in Asia. Link

Amrith, M. (2015). The Invisible Labour of Female Migrants in the Care Sector. Barcelona: United Nations University.

Amrith, M. (2015). The Empowerment of Domestic Workers. Barcelona: United Nations University.

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